Mixed Instruments

Introduction to Music Theory (Fall 2020)

New course!


$165 general / $135 members

Oct 1, 2020 – Nov 19, 2020



Box office: 888-616-0274
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday



Our fall 2020 term will be held online. 

This class will be conducted via Zoom, a widely used and free application that works well for online learning. Upon registration, you will receive a link and instructions for downloading the program. Laptop, desk computer, or tablet with video and audio ability is required.


Anne Johnson, Thursdays, 7pm—8pm

8 weekly sessions beginning October 1

Gaining a basic understanding of music theory can help you learn tunes faster and become comfortable with arranging and accompanying songs and improvising variations. This intro course assumes no background in theory or reading music. We'll approach the topic in a way that makes sense for students interested in Irish traditional music, with equal time for grasping concepts by ear and in notation. Types of modes and scales often used in Irish music will be discussed, as will common rhythmic meters and patterns. Students are encouraged (but not required) to have an instrument nearby during class in case they want to try out ideas as they're introduced. Music staff paper will also come in handy.


Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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